The perfect mixture of futuristic looking cosmopolitan cities and white sand beaches is the Persian Gulf.
Dubai is widely known for luxury shopping, five star resorts and a fabulous nightlife. While on your luxury yacht charter, you can take advantage of the tax free retail therapy then head to one of fantastic luxury resorts for an afternoon of pampering and relaxation at the spa or soak in the warm sun at the pool.
Also while visiting Dubai, you can stop at the famous Dubai Aquarium and Underwater zoo where you’ll get an unobstructed view of sharks, rays and marine life. Another famous spot for the family to enjoy is the waterpark at Atlantis on The Palm. A must do in Dubai outside of shopping and marine life is a trip to the desert. It’s an adventurer’s dream to ride along the sand dunes on an ATV.
Dubai is one of those cities in which much has been said and it always seems to be true. A luxury yacht experience in Dubai provides a different perspective of the city. You can sail around The Palm while seeing the illuminated city skyline or spend time at Cove Beach which is a hidden gem of beach clubs offering beautiful views of the Arabian Gulf.
Abu Dhabi adds an exciting flavor to the Middle East. Being the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, it has something to offer everyone starting with F1 racing, the super yacht marina, Yas Island, and the five star Das Viceroy hotel with its Ciprani restaurant.
The adrenaline junkies can head over to Ferrari World theme park with the world’s fastest roller coaster or hop on a seaplane tour of the skies. Being home to many oil companies and embassies, Abu Dhabi was described by CNN as the richest city in the world.
An underrated and hidden gem of the Middle East that offers a plethora of options of adventures for yacht charters is Oman. Oman is a land of rugged mountain ranges, aquamarine seas and rolling deserts. It shares a border with the United Arab Emirates but its heritage and culture topography that has been compared to Mars gives it a completely different feel.
Oman is the favorite sailing destination of the Arabian Gulf. The sultanate’s coastline is about 1700 kilometers long and is a regular destination on the global sailing route. It is recommended to stop at the nine UNESCO protected Daymaniyat Islands. These islands host a plethora of underwater life with unspoiled reefs and warm waters making it one of the world’s best diving destinations. If you head north, the Musandam Peninsula offers fjords that can rival that of the famous ones in Norway.
There are mountains rising from the sea at over 2,000 meters high. For those who appreciate an inland adventure, Oman also offers a taste of Bedouin life by riding in an SUV across desert terrains in what is known as “dune bashing”. Another landmark, Jebel Shams, is the highest mountain in Oman and its famous view of Wadi Ghulis often compared to the Grand Canyon’s. You can access these amazing views by hiking the Balcony Walk which takes about three hours.
Bahrain is another popular stop for luxury yacht charters in the Middle East. It’s located further west of the Persian Gulf and is accessible by yacht through its capital city of Manama. Besides being rich in history, diving is a popular activity in Bahrain.
There are quite a few sites located to the north and the east of the country. Most divers will make their way to Abu Thalma pinnacle which is just 45 miles north east of Bahrain where you can experience one of the best marine biodiversity spaces in the Persian Gulf.